A Denver Family's Adventure Through The Ups And Downs of Life

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Week 18

We have moved onto another vegetable for a visual representation of the size of our baby, a bell pepper.

Everything is still going well with all of us.

We have decided where we are going to give birth. If everything goes as planned (no gestational diabetes, no preeclampsia, no c-section, etc.) we are going to give birth at the Mountain Midwifery Center with a nurse midwife. It is 1/2 block from a major hospital (just in case). We feel that they are the most supportive of our decision to avoid unnecessary medical interventions and are extremely knowledgeable.

To find out more about the Mountain Midwifery Center, please visit www.mountainmidwifery.com.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Week 17

Wednesday marks the start of week 17. Everything is still going really well with Brian and I. He is completing some projects that he needs to complete before we start revamping the guest room into the nursery.

We have picked out paint chip and will test samples on the walls after we get back from our hunting trip over halloween weekend.

Here is a food representation of the size of our baby. A Turnip.

Other Baby Stuff
Your baby during week 17 is now very mobile, gleefully moving his joints here, there and everywhere and will continue to do so as you continue your pregnancy week by week. The cartilage making up the skeleton in your baby's body is starting to transform into bone. At pregnancy 17 weeks time your baby should be hearing things. Your baby will start putting on some layers of fat in the weeks to come, though at this point in time your baby is made up of primarily water.

You may be feeling your baby move intermittently after pregnancy week 17, though as your pregnancy progresses you will likely start feeling your baby move more and more.

Some women find comfort when playing music to their unborn children. There is evidence suggesting that your baby responds to music even while in the womb. Thus, there is no harm in playing some calm and engaging music to your baby even while they are in the womb.

Go Republicans

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Week 15

I have been pretty bad at writing in my journal too, but my pregnancy is progressing without much drama to report. Today is 15w1d and everything is going well. I have been watching what I eat and walking like I'm supposed to.

Here is some info about the baby's development.

I may begin to feel some fluttering movements as baby kicks, flails, twists and turns (but don't panic if you don't yet). She can also grasp, squint, frown, grimace and maybe suck her thumb!

Your baby's legs have grown longer than the arms and the body is now longer than the head.

And you'll be happy to note that he is moving those arms and legs often!

His skin is very thin -- so thin blood vessel are visible. It's covered by a fine, soft layer of hair called lanugo. Lanugo comes from a Latin word meaning "down." This hair is thought to help insulate your little boy.

The three tiny bones in his middle ear have begun to harden. The auditory centers in your baby's brain haven't developed yet, so she might not really understand what you say but her hearing capacity is in the process of developing.

Fingernails and toenails are growing.

Eyebrows are beginning to grow and even the hair his head is sprouting. It will probably change color and texture after birth.

All this and your little one is an amazing 3.98 inches (10.1cm) long and may weigh 2.47 ounces (70gm).

Here is the approximate size of our baby.